Benedict Cumberbatch faces Muppet Moriarty on ‘Sesame Street’

Feb. 04, 2014 | 1:16 p.m.

Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his performances as the eponymous detective in “Sherlock” and the villainous Khan in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” is appealing to the “Sesame Street” crowd.

In an adorable video from PBS titled “Benedict Cumberbatch and the Sign of Four (or is it Three?),” the actor receives a “perplexing puzzle” from Murray Monster, who has dubbed himself “Murray-arity” — a reference, of course, to the brilliant Sherlockian villain Moriarty.

“Are you ready for my brain-bending challenge, Sherlock?” the furry red monster asks Cumberbatch.

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in the popular TV series "Sherlock." (Robert Viglasky / Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in the popular TV series “Sherlock.” (Robert Viglasky / Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

“I’m not really Sherlock,” Cumberbatch responds. “I just play him on the television.”

“What’s your name, then?” Murray asks.

“Benedict.”

“Well then are you ready for my brain-bending challenge Benedict Sherlock?”

The Muppet proceeds to ask Sherlock whether there are more apples or more oranges on the table.

“You’re the super-sleuth. Figure it out!” Murray demands.

“I’m really just an actor,” Cumberbatch interjects.

“Well, act like a super-sleuth and figure it out!” the monster responds.

Cumberbatch is able to deduce the answer with a little help from another “Sesame Street” regular, the Count, who determines that there are four apples, three oranges and that Cumberbatch is “one smart man.”

Cumberbatch is the latest in a series of leading men to appear on the children’s television program. In September, “Thor” actor Tom Hiddleston taught Cookie Monster a lesson about delayed gratification. And “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill teamed up with Elmo to teach the Big Bad Wolf how to be more respectful to the Three Little Pigs.

Which is your favorite “Sesame Street” segment? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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